E-Hall shows that it can win even without the big names
Predictions of Erasmus Hall’s demise look a bit premature after the Dutchmen came out and clobbered the Boys and Girls Kangaroos 36-8 in their first game without Ohio State star running back Curtis Samuel during a hot day at Sid Luckman Field on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Boys High’s Brandon Harding started off the game with a quick 25-yard run, but the young Kangaroos quickly showed their inexperience as they proceeded to fumble the ball twice on that drive and the Rutgers-bound Deonte Roberts snatched up the second fumble to get Erasmus Hall the ball.
The Dutchmen didn’t waste their time after that as quarterback Aaron Grant pulled out a 45-yard touchdown run to go up 8-0. Just a few minutes later, Grant followed that up with a 10-yard touchdown run and Boys High was quickly in a 16-0 hole.
TURNING POINT: If Boys High could have found a way to slow Erasmus Hall down there it might have been able to mount a comeback, however E-Hall kept the pedal to the floor as Grant picked up his third touchdown of the game, this time on a 15-yard run, to make it 22-0. As if that wasn’t enough, Kefa Cort caught a three-yard touchdown pass with 4:40 left in the first half to put the game completely out of reach 30-0.
LETTING THE KIDS PLAY: With the game out of reach, Erasmus Hall coach Danny Landberg elected to give some of his younger players some experience as he went with an all-freshman defense line and subbed in many freshman and sophomores around the field. Junior Nelson Tyler took advantage of the playing time and picked up a 16-yard touchdown run that made it 36-0 midway through the third quarter.
RUTGERS BOUND: While Aaron Grant was taking care of the offense, Deonte Roberts was doing his thing. He completely smothered the Kangaroos offense with multiple tackles for loss, one sac and two fumble recoveries. It was no coincidence that Boys High didn’t score, Christopher Jalmus hit Shawn Giscombe with a 20-yard pass, until immediately after Roberts was taken out.
BROOKLYN’S RUDY OUT: Erasmus Hall’s Damon Thomas was forced to watch this game from the sidelines as the 5-foot-5 running back/receiver is out for the season with a sprained ankle that he suffered during a preseason scrimmage. After the game, Roberts said that the popular player’s injury was a big blow to the team and that they are dedicating the season to him.
QUOTE OF THE GAME: There was a decent amount of trash talking from both sides leading up to this game and there was a bold prediction that E-Hall was going to have a big setback this season including a Week 1 loss to Boys High. E-Hall’s response to that: “They told us that we were going to lose to them and that just motivated us. It made us work harder,” Grant said.
UP NEXT: Erasmus Hall will head to Queens next week where it will take on Flushing High School. Flushing is currently 1-0 after a big win over Port Richmond on Saturday.